Coach Dan’s Sunday Spotlight 9.20.2015

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This image is what it’s all about! Teammates and the cheering squad! Photo Cred Steve Arnoldus!

Good Afternoon CFTP,

I’m going to go straight into Lockdown business. As of now we are still missing a couple of teams in the Rx Male division and the Scaled Female division. Therefore we will not be posting their updated standings until everyone has submitted week two scores. As for the Rx+ Male Division and the Rx Female Division… We will be posting them below.

Rx+ Males Week 2

As you can see the standings are pretty tight! I also want you to notice how important those clean eating points are going to be by the end of the competition. We are half way done and have more things to take out of our diet. This week’s should be a fun one for you all. :). Here’s next week’s elimination!

Week 3 (Amy Robinson)

All right folks…Since this is an elimination challenge, we are eliminating one more thing out of our diet.

WEEK 3 ELIMINATION: All of weeks 1 and 2 PLUS no dairy AND eat at least 5 servings of fresh fruits and veggies per day (this part of the challenge helps you to focus on eating whole, not processed, foods).

Optional ADD-IN: Kombucha

Dairy has been shown to cause digestive issues, bloating, inflammation, and chronic congestion in different studies. Now, does dairy cause all these issues in every person? No, but it’s still high in calories from fat and sugar, and when it’s processed down to skim milk, there is not much good left. Some dermatologists even recommend cutting dairy to clear up acne. So it’s worth a try to see how your body responds without dairy. And hey, it’s only this week and next. It won’t kill you to cut it for 2 weeks. 

So this is not as hard as you think! First, yes you can have whey protein powder. Whew! That is one problem solved.  Second, there are many dairy alternatives – unsweetened almond milk and cashew milk are great in smoothies and cereals. You can make your own nut milks easily if you have a Vitamix, Blendtec or Ninja. You can even make cheese from cashews. Email me if you want the recipe. I use it on mac and cheese and with homemade pita chips for nachos.  I even have a recipe for chocolate pudding made with avocados, honey, cashews, and raw cacao. So be creative. You will never miss it. 😉 Your veggies can be raw, steamed, in a stir-fry or grilled. Get some zucchini, brush with olive oil, sprinkle some spices on it and grill. Delish!  

Kombucha is made from green, black, or white tea that has been fermented for a week or longer with sugar and a SCOBY (a fungal culture). You can make it at home with fruit and herbal teas also. However, it is a whole lot easier to buy it at Sprouts, Harmon’s, Smith’s or Whole Foods.  It’s flavor “takes a little getting used to”, but there are many health benefits – immunity, probiotics, antioxidants and more. Here’s an article that explains some of the benefits. Store bought Kombucha comes in many flavors. If you’re watching calories, buy one that is about 30 calories per serving.  

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/18-healthy-reasons-sip-kombucha

WOD 3 will be posted shortly.

Coach Dan

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